A sprawling city, Yekaterinburg’s sites are spread out over a vast area, as are the World Cup 2018 hot spots. The Central Stadium lies just to the west of the city and is fairly central, however the Fan Fest zone in Mayakovsky Central Park of Entertainment and Culture (MBU) is a little way out of town on the south-eastern side. Whether you want to catch a game at the stadium or enjoy the atmosphere at the Fan Fest zone, let us help you get the most out of your trip with these picks on where to stay when in town for Russia 2018.
Art Hotel Gold
The best thing about this budget hotel is its location. Also the simple rooms are clean and crisp. Centrally located, guests are close to coffee shops and restaurants, as well as the Iset River Embankment and Lenin Avenue, where much of the city’s action takes place. On public transport, both the stadium and the Fan Fest zone at MBU are easily reached.
One of the best hostels in the city, Sky Hostel is cheap, friendly, clean, and quirky. Rooms are decorated in nationalistic kitsch—American flags, Russian matryoshka dolls and a stencil of Big Ben next to the Union Jack—give this hostel an international kick to it. Well connected to the stadium and the Fan Fest zone by public transport (you could even walk to the stadium if you feel like a good walk), it is central and close to much of the action.
The Chekhov is a boutique, mid-range hotel, perfect for travellers who want to retreat from competition ruckus into cosiness and comfort. Small, with only 20 rooms, the Chekhov feels more like a bed and breakfast than a hotel. There’s no restaurant, but breakfast is available, however you’re so close to town here it’s worth discovering the cafés and restaurants in the nearby surrounds. The area is also well connected by public transport to both competition venues.
For those coming to Yekaterinburg for one reason only, the World Cup 2018, the Tea Rose in the city’s south-east is a great option. A small guesthouse with only nine rooms, it is simple, yet has everything you need, and is only a hop, skip and a jump away from the excitement of the MBU. Rooms come with a complimentary breakfast.
Double Tree by Hilton
Walking distance to the stadium and on Lenin Avenue, the Double Tree offers comfort and convenience, while being in the thick of everything. Ideal for city breakers who want to catch competition action, the generous rooms are stylish and modern. Lenin Avenue is a wealth of restaurants and sights. Amble along it to view some of the city’s iconic constructivist architecture, or sample some contemporary Ural cuisine at café 25/28. Thanks to its location, it is well connected to MBU by public transport, too.
DoBeDo Hostel and Hotel
On the other side of Lenin Avenue, Do Be Do Hostel and Hotel offers cheerful rooms for those on a budget, with friendly, helpful staff. Close to the central sights like the city ponds, and Church Upon the Blood, as well as bars like Amy Wine House and Loft, housed in the iconic Printing House. Do Be Do is also a great base to explore the city from and get to both the stadium and Fan Fest zone.
Just around the corner from Lenin Avenue, the Emerald Hotel offers all the convenience of its neighbour, Double Tree, but with a smaller price tag. It may not come with all the frills of a more expensive hotel, nevertheless rooms are clean and functional. The hotel also does single rooms for the solo traveller. Walk to the stadium, catch a bus to the MUB, and begin to explore the city centre with this ideally-located hotel.
This hotel is for those who want the ultimate Yekaterinburg luxury experience. Boasting the best view in town, these rooms are in the Visotsky Tower, the city’s highest building. Big rooms (you can even get a suite), several restaurants, indoor pool, and a health spa all tower high above the city. If you can tear yourself away from the view, it is well connected to both the Fan Fest zone by public transport and really central, so a lot of the action is an easy walk away.